Cuper's Salah gamble backfires as Egypt fall short

Cuper's Salah gamble backfires as Egypt fall short

Egypt winger Mohamed Salah will start on the bench for the Pharaohs in their Group A opener with Uruguay.

According to the coach of the Egypt team, Hector Cuper, Salah has a great chance of playing the first match.

Instead, Marwan Mohsen starts up front, with Huddersfield Town man Ramadan Sobhi also not in the starting lineup.

Heading into the opening clash of the second day, Egypt are expected to face a uphill task as they would be featuring in their first World Cup match since 1990.

Their defence coped very well against the attacking duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, but Uruguay were able to break the deadlock when Jose Gimenez headed in on the 90th minute.

In this year's UEFA Champions League final Salah got injured after Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos' tackle.

For a few days now, there has been a speculation if Mohamed Salah will be able to play the opening game of Egypt vs Uruguay which is slated to happen tomorrow at Grozny, Ekaterinburg.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper decided not to risk his talisman despite telling reporters on Thursday that Salah had responded well to treatment on the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final last month and was almost 100 percent certain to play in Egypt's first appearance at the finals for 28 years. He was expertly found on the right of the area by Cavani and created space for a shot, which was well saved by Mohamed El Shenawy. Can Egypt notch the big upset or is Uruguay going to roll to the win? "Salah will have an important role for us in the future matches".

Cavani added: "We won and that is what matters".

Uruguay up the ante in the closing stage of the game and drew a foul from the tiring Egyptian defenders around the 35 yard.

Egypt is now the third before Saudi Arabia, the fourth.

The first match of the group and the tournament saw World Cup host Russian Federation unexpectedly blast Saudi Arabia by a count of 5-0 on Thursday. Uruguay is an outside contender for World Cup champion and will want to make a statement here.

The Barcelona player was making his first World Cup appearance since leaving Brazil in disgrace following his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini but endured a frustrating afternoon.

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